Dorchester Men’s Shed renovate Kingston Maurward’s Edwardian desk to former glory

An original Edwardian writing desk found at Kingston Maurward has been restored to its beautiful former glory, by the Dorchester branch of community group Men’s Shed. Members of Dorchester Men’s Shed, which is now based at Kingston Maurward’s Stinsford Farm, were shown the 19th century piece by Estates Manager, Matt Horton, who discovered the badly damaged desk in the caretakers’ office, and asked the group if they would be interested in trying to rescue it; Men’s Shed immediately rose to the


Wedding & Events Floral Design at Kingston Maurward

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and special times during a couple’s partnership, and ensuring the day runs to plan and caring about every detail is just part of the role of professional florists. Kingston Maurward Floral Design students have been creating exquisite floral arrangements for weddings for several years under the watchful eye of in-house wedding and event florist, Linda Carlile. When wedding couples book with Linda, they will be invited to a consultation to discuss ideas and


Continued Ofsted Success for Kingston Maurward College

Kingston Maurward College were celebrating this week following a recent Ofsted inspection that confirmed them to be a ‘good’ College. Principal, Luke Rake, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome for the College, which recognises the successes of our community and the fact that virtually every student progresses from here at the end of their course into employment or further study. As the only remaining independent land-based college in the south west peninsula, it is really important to me


Kingston Maurward Wedding Fair Sunday 8th October 2017

In the heart of the Dorset countryside the Kingston Maurward Estate - with its 18th century mansion house, lake and gardens - is the idyllic location for your perfect wedding. With a parkland approach and elegant sweeping drive, the Georgian house and ornate rooms set the scene for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. Greet your guests with drinks in the Grand Hall, perform your ceremony in the Pengelly Room which boasts hand painted Italian wallpaper, use the Whatmoor Room


GCSE results today? It’s not too late to apply for this September!

There's still time to start a Full-Time Course or an Apprenticeship with Kingston Maurward College starting this September. Discover courses you may not have considered before - with many of our students spending a large proportion of their teaching time outside, we could have just what you’re looking for. Many courses prepare you for a future in your dream job in the great outdoors – from Gamekeeper, Ranger, or conservationist, to Farmer, Horticulturalist or Florist. If you haven’t already applied for this September,


Prize Winners Celebrated at End of Year Ceremony

This year’s Kingston Maurward College Prize Giving Ceremony celebrated another successful year with 694 students completing their courses, among which 64 special awards were made. The ceremony recognises the achievements of all full-time students completing courses during the academic year, and rewards outstanding students in each subject area. During the celebrations spectators welcomed guest speaker Rich Whincup who gave an inspirational talk about his life experiences. Kingston Maurward College Principal, Luke Rake, said: “As I reach the end of my first year at


Success for students in Seventh NFU Agricultural Student of the Year competition

The seventh year of the celebrated NFU Agricultural Student of the Year Competition at Kingston Maurward College resulted in a unanimous win for Jake Collier, with runners up Andrew Doble, Madeleine Selby and Sam Wrixon. The Award was initiated in 2011 by the NFU in conjunction with C&O Tractors Ltd, who wanted to support a credible accreditation that would aid young farmers in their future careers. The 12 participating second year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students, competed against one another


Summer Fun at Kingston Maurward Open Day

This year’s Kingston Maurward Summer Open Day on Sunday 11th June is set to be the biggest and best yet with fun for the whole family…and for the first time ever it’s free admission for absolutely everyone! The fun-filled event centres around the stunning 18th Century Mansion House and its 750 acre estate, terrace, lake and gardens. Enjoy the live music, dog shows, birds of prey, pony rides and tractor driving; browse trade stands, buy local produce from the Dorset Food


Game Changing Technology Conference for Dorset’s Agri-Tech – Friday 19th May 2017

Kingston Maurward College and Dorset County Council supported by the Dorset LEP are hosting a major conference at the College about Game Changing Technology for Dorset’s Agriculture. Delegates will include academics, farmers, research scientists, suppliers to agriculture and other industries. They will hear a series of Government and industry leaders who will identify just what Agri tech means and the potential benefits for Dorset. A ‘market place’ during the day will allow agriculture related businesses and bodies to showcase their wares. Workshops


Students get creative with wedding flowers

Kingston Maurward’s talented Floristry students showcased their fabulous floral skills with a stunning wedding photo shoot on the Estate. As part of the College’s continued quest to find inspiring ways to engage students and prepare them for work, the shoot was masterminded by floristry course Manager Tracey Nadin and designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate skills learned during the course. The Level 3 students were asked to design and create bridal bouquets, accessories and body adornments using a selection of